See a penny pick it up…all day long you’ll have good luck!!  Right?  How about, you should only pick it up if it’s heads-up, have you heard that too?  Well as it turns out The Penny means a whole lot more.

Tuesday while I was at the post office I saw a penny on the ground and it was heads-up.  Whenever I see a penny on the ground I think of the scene from the movie Grease when Jan finds the penny and says,

See a penny, pick it up, all day long you'll have good luck.

Those words always go through my head, in the tone that she says them too.  What’s interesting is, I have been thinking of writing a post about The Penny and all the various quotes about pennies, for a couple of weeks.  As many of you know, last Sunday I posted my last Our Daily Grateful Post, well 2 days later I found the penny.  Why is that interesting you ask, you did ask didn’t you?  Well you know me…I looked up its symbolism and here’s what I found:

“Consider the penny as a symbol of beginnings as it holds the vibration of number One.

The meaning of One primarily deals with strong will, positivity, pure energy.  The number One reflects new beginnings, and purity. The symbolic meaning of the penny (number One) is further clarified when we understand that One represents both kinds of action, physical and mental.

This combined with the One’s urgency for new beginnings, we intuit number One to mean it is time to exert our natural forces, take action, and start a new venture. Numeral One gives us encouragement that our actions will be rewarded in kind.

Appropriate to the theme of new beginnings, we see Abraham Lincoln depicted on this currency.  This is symbolic of founding fathers concept, and deals with foundational thoughts & constructs.  Pulled more deeply in the meaning, we can say that seeing pennies (particularly heads-up) is a message for us to re-evaluate our founding beliefs.  We may ask ourselves what core beliefs do we have, and are they serving us appropriately?

Copper also holds a symbolic resonance (at least when they were primarily made of copper prior to 1982) with the astrological signs of Sagittarius and Taurus – you can investigate the attributes of these signs for further symbolism here.

Copper is also considered a solar emblem, and corresponds with the radiant features of the sun.  This combined with a myriad of other meanings, the symbolic meaning of the penny deals with bright ideas, fresh perspectives, and incorporating these new thoughts with our existing framework.  By combining the old with the new we find our lives expanded and new directions to our path.”

Courtesy of Symbolic Meanings

Isn’t that so cool!!

I know it’s also said that pennies are from loved ones in heaven, so maybe one of my loved ones placed it there, right outside my car door, to find.  Funny I did not see it when I got out of my car, it was when I was coming back to my car that I noticed it.  I would have had to practically step on it to get into my car, guess they wanted to be sure I found it.  Thank you!

This is the penny I found, heads-up

I was having withdrawals all week long, having gone cold turkey from my daily posts.  What I missed most was talking with you, I missed you so much!!

I did enjoy having my evenings free to relax, practice my piano and catch up on your posts.

After reading this symbolism of the penny, it gave me goosebumps and also reassured me that I have made the right decision, that it is time to move forward with my newest adventures.  One of those is learning to play my piano so I can create music to the songs I write and further my music career with Miri (Miriam Blaker of Out an’ About) and our CD.

I’m practicing a song I wrote originally title “Dear Universe”, now called “All is Well”, also in the background is where I sit to watch the birds eat & squirrels play.

Life’s all about making decisions, isn’t it?  Wondering if we make the right ones, looking for the right answer, how will we know for sure?

The next time you see a penny maybe the Universe, or a loved one, is sending you a message of reassurance!!  Are you about to embark on a new adventure, turning down a new path, trying to make a decision about something?  Remember this, there are no wrong paths.  We are meant to go where we go.

Penny for your thoughts?!  😉

With love and appreciation,

More Penny Quotes:

A penny saved is a penny earned – Ben Franklin
One penny may seem to you a very insignificant thing, but it is the small seed from which fortunes spring. – Orison Swett Marden
Human beings have the remarkable ability to turn nothing into something.  They can turn weeds into gardens and pennies into fortunes. – Jim Rohn
If a great outfit gets you one step closer to feeling good about yourself, then it’s worth every penny. – Rachel Roy
Be not penny wise.  Riches have wings.  Sometimes they fly away of themselves, and sometimes they must be set flying to bring in more. – Francis Bacon
Penny wise and pound foolish – Robert Burton

Have you any penny quotes?

(c) onceuponahotflash, 2018


My dear friend PJ, also know as Priceless Joy of Beautiful Words, inspired me to buy a bird feeder.  She was talking about putting her hummingbird feeder out and I thought hmmm, I’ve never had a bird feeder, that sounds lovely, I want one.

Perhaps part of my desire for one was in hopes of being forgiven by the bird world.  Why?  Last week I killed a bird…yup, I’m ashamed of myself and I want to serve my penance.

These birds hangout around our box planters at work.  They are so cute and tiny.  I say good morning to them everyday.  I have roasted peanuts in my car that I feed to the squirrels and decided to drop a few for the birds to eat.  I would crush the shell so the birds wouldn’t have to break through it to get to the peanut inside.  One day last week, my favorite bird was sitting on the planter.  He/she is my favorite because he/she is adorably chubby (let’s not even discuss why he/she might be chubby, I couldn’t bear it).  I had already locked my car and was in a hurry to go inside.  I happened to have a couple of candied chocolate eggs, about the size of peanut M&Ms, in my lunch bag, so I dropped two in the planter for him/her to eat.  I thought, oh boy they are going to love these…mmm who doesn’t like chocolate!!  Right?

The next morning I walked into the building and after turning on the lobby light I noticed something dark on the sidewalk outside the front door.  I had not noticed it as I was walking in and would have passed right by it.  It looked like a pile of poop.  I stepped outside to see what it was and alas, it was my chubby friend, dead!  I thought oh no Chubby!  At first I thought, it must have flown into the glass, hit it too hard and died.  I asked one of the men from the warehouse to please dispose of Chubby, gently!!

As I sat at my desk thinking of poor Chubby, my dead friend, it occurred to me that maybe chocolate is not good for birds.  I googled it.  Sure enough chocolate will kill birds, so will the outside candy coating!  Oh no, I killed Chubby!!

As soon as I read that, I ran down to the planter to see if the eggs were there.  They were, however the candied coating was gone and just the chocolate remained.  It had rained the night before and I thought, maybe the rain washed away the coating, but parts of the eggs still had some coating on them.  I immediately removed the remainder of the eggs so as not to harm anymore birds.

Each morning as I pass the birds, I swear they are afraid of me, saying there she is, Chubby’s assassin.  I look at them and say “I’m so sorry, please forgive me, it was an accident, who knew?”

Here is a similar picture of the bird feeder I hung last night in honor of Chubby!


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